Dominic Thiem suffered a tough defeat in the first round of the Coupe Rogers, failing to convert two match points in the second set tiebreak and falling 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-1 against Ernests Gulbis.

BATennis World had the chance to talk with the 21-year-old following his match, his first on hard court after three consecutive weeks on clay, and the Austrian was quite upbeat despite his defeat.

BATennis World: First of all, how do you feel physically?

Dominic Thiem: Not really well. I mean, I played a very good match until the breaker, basically, but I knew that it was the price to pay for the late arrival and for the Kitzbühel tournament. So it was fine. It’s good that if I lost the match it was against Ernests.

BATW: You’re number now number 18 in the world. How does it feel?

DT: It feels good, of course, to be top 20 for the first time, but still, it’s tennis: continuous every week again. This week I lost, so some players will overtake me again, so I have to be there every week to stay there as long as possible.

Thiem might be out of the singles, but he is still in contention in doubles, where he is partnering David Goffin. As he mentioned in German, he will use the doubles to get the chance to adapt more to the change of surface in order to do better in singles next week, in Cincinnati.